My Review ✮☆
The Mark of Tala was a great introduction into this intriguing trilogy!
Born of three sisters, the Andromeda or “Andi” is used to being the invisible one, the wildflower, over the seemly over looked sister. She is intuitive, doesn’t care for court life, and enjoys escaping to the outdoors to the countryside and wildlife.
But when one of those escapes leads to an encounter with the mysterious Rayfe, the King of Tala, soon the aloof Andi finds herself embarking on some revealing secrets and revelations. Among those being, she is to be Rayfe’s queen (due to an agreement made long ago) and her father has some darker side than meets the eye.
With love, mystery, danger, and magic in the air, how will everything pan out? And what about the Tala, the evil entity that Andi was taught to fear? Will she find her calling in them? Or will her union with Rayfe lead to destruction?
My thoughts: My first read by Jeffe Kennedy, I really enjoyed The Mark of Tala . It was fresh, different, and captivating. Especially the world of Tala and all of it’s customs and traditions! How interesting and “magical”! Such a different concept of shapeshifters!
I really admired the relationship of the three sisters and how throughout through we see specifically Andi coming out of her comfort zone and coming into her own and take a more proactive role in leadership she never thought herself treading.
What also sold me was Rayfe. His character was rough at first but as we got deeper we got to see a more diverse, charming, honorable, and intelligent side of him and the measures he will go to save his kingdom.
I am now curious as to the direction Ms. Kennedy will take the story as now we will see Amelia “Ami”, the youngest sister, and her Prince Charming’s story taking place. I wonder how that will play out as chaos, lies, and deception are in the air!
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 8.5-9
-Writing : 8.5-9
-Characters : 8.5-9
-Cover : 8.5-9
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in the Facets of Passion series, has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.
She is currently working on Master of the Opera and The Twelve Kingdoms, a fantasy trilogy.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.